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Backyard Dangers For Dogs

It’s probably a dream of a lot of dog owners to have a place with a nice fenced-in yard where their dogs can play and explore, but just because that yard is walled off doesn’t mean that it can’t be a dangerous place. There are potential risks — animal, human, and other — that every dog owner should be aware of. Animal dangers Even in a big city, there may be predators about. Coyotes, known to attack and kill smaller dogs, have become common all over North America and in some places have apparently crossbred with wolves, which makes them

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Natural Born Swimmers

Hot, sticky, and lazy — summer days seem made to be spent poolside. But while you might consider swimming an easy and relaxing way to idle away an afternoon, your dog may have other ideas. Not all dogs take to the water naturally or happily, and there are lots of dogs who aren’t born knowing how to swim. In fact, not only do many need to be taught how to swim, certain breeds either can’t swim at all or find it very challenging to do so. So if you’re having trouble coaxing your pup into the water, consider if breed

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Dog Constipation: Causes, Symptoms, And Treatments

  As one of the most common digestive problems among animals, constipation — the difficulty or inability to have normal bowel movements — can affect dogs of all breeds, ages, and lifestyles. While constipation may be common in dogs, it should never be ignored. Left untreated, constipation can cause more serious health problems in the future, including lethargy, loss of appetite, and vomiting. Below is a guide to understanding the causes of constipation, recognizing the symptoms, and treating your pet. Causes of dog constipation A variety of different factors can contribute to constipation in your pet. Some of the most

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Bed bugs are not something you want to deal with.
All About Dogs

Can Your Dog Get Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs were a common problem in the ‘60s but seemed to dwindle down for a while. Recent reports of bed bug infestations have shown that these pesky parasitic creatures that feed on human hosts are back and are becoming a serious issue. Bed bugs have popped up everywhere from five star hotels to senior centers and family homes. With increased bed bug cases reported, a number of questions have risen about these infestations. Dog owners are beginning to wonder whether or not bed bugs can affect their four legged companions. Can a Dog Get Bed Bugs? “Technically it can

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Dog Care

The Facts About Microchipping Your Dog

Microchipping Your Dog It is a sad fact that hundreds of dogs go missing every year and are found, rather bedraggled but perfectly healthy, handed in to the local animal shelter which then searches desperately for the animal’s owner to no avail. In some cases, the dogs are even euthanized. Many of these fine canines had been equipped with dog identification tags or collars but with so much time astray from their owners such collars had often slipped off or, agonizingly, the writing had become illegible. In a recent study involving over 7,700 stray pets, the number of non-microchipped dogs

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A dog waits to be rescued after a hurricane.
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Are You And Your Dogs Prepared For Disaster?

If a natural or human-triggered disaster strikes, what will you do with your pets? When faced with an emergency situation, pet owners need to intervene on behalf of their dogs and cats to ensure their safety. How four-legged family members fare will depend on their preparedness, says Janell Matthies, emergency services manager for the United Animal Nations, a Sacramento, California based organization that brings animals out of crisis through a variety of programs, including emergency sheltering and disaster relief services. “Animals can be affected by natural disasters in a number of ways,” Matthies says. “When they are left behind, they

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walking dog in the snow
All About Dogs

The Dog Walk In The Cold And Snow

Unless you’re the proud owner of a Siberian husky, chances are good that winter walks with your pup are going to be a lot shorter than the ones you take in more friendly temperatures. But that doesn’t mean these walks are necessarily going to be easy — or that they should be! Just like any walk you take at another time of year, you want to keep both you and your pup safe while he gets the exercise and challenge he needs. Here are six tips to ensure both of you enjoy your walk through this winter wonderland: Trim nails

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a dog shakes off water after a swim at the beach
Dog Care

Keep Your Dog Safe In The Summer

Summer is a terrific time to be a dog owner. It lets you run, swim, and play with your dog in nicer weather than any other time of the year. However, summer also brings unique risks to your dog’s health that you should keep in mind throughout the season. These Summer Dangers Include Heat stroke Heat stroke occurs when your dog’s body temperature rises dangerously high. It is most common when dogs are left in a car for too long, or when they exercise in the heat. Never leave your dog in the car in hot weather, and always remember

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When Your Dog Gets Bullied

Just like a “wimpy kid” in middle school, you’ll know if your dog is getting bullied if, in social settings like the dog park, it gets frequently mounted, has food, water, toys, or spots stolen, gets ganged up on, or even gets badly injured. Its response to other dogs will often seem intimidated and defensive — even before any other dogs “act out.” For instance, as soon as they are approached by another dog, they may cower or immediately roll on their back, exposing their belly and showing submission. Dogs that get picked on “in public” may otherwise be happy

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Adapting To Autumn

Many of us love this time of year — the changing color of the leaves, brisk fall breezes, and finally a respite from the hot weather of Summer. For your dog, however, fall may be more work than fun. The change in the season can mean a decrease in exercise, and an increase in baths, allergens, and other unpleasantness for your dog. The following tips should help make the transition into the new season enjoyable for both you and your dog. Health Concerns Pet lovers may forget about such things as allergens, keeping your dog warm, medical issues, etc., that

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